MPAC Wins 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre Award

Mayo Performing Arts Center has been named 2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre by The League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT).


President and CEO Allison Larena and General Manager Ed Kirchdoerffer accepted the award at LHAT’s annual conference on Sun., July 17 in Chicago. The conference is the largest gathering of historic theatre professionals in North America.


“It is an honor to be recognized by a distinguished group of peers who work to make historic theatres vital economic engines, community gathering places, and arts and educational centers in the towns we serve,” Larena said.


LHAT’s Awards Program inspires excellence by recognizing theatres and individuals for their significant accomplishments or distinguished service. The Outstanding Historic Theatre Award recognizes a theatre that demonstrates excellence through its community impact, quality of programs and services, and quality of the restoration or rehabilitation of its historic structure.

An award-winning theatre will have demonstrated excellence through significant achievement, the impact of its services and breadth of populations served, and the length of time and/or intensity of its activities. Each year, one theatre and one individual are honored by LHAT at its annual conference. Former winners include the Fabulous Fox in Atlanta, New York City Center and Playhouse Square in Cleveland.


“Mayo Performing Arts Center beat out an impressive list of nominees to claim this award this year,” said LHAT President and CEO Ken Stein. “There are a great number of historic theatres doing great work across the country. The community of Morristown should be very proud of MPAC’s accomplishments.”


Larena added, “We share this honor with the thousands of community members who worked tirelessly, and continue to work tirelessly, to build, support and  improve this venue that has brought so much joy to countless individuals for the past 80 years. We know that our work today will continue to inspire future generations to sustain MPAC as a vital performing arts center and the cultural center of our community.”


MPAC, built in 1937 as The Community Theatre by Walter Reade, is recognized for its impact and leadership in the New Jersey arts community in scope and diversity of programming, community outreach  and arts education.  The rich history of Morristown revolves around community organizations, in which the Theatre has been central as a longstanding community gathering place since it first opened its doors.  MPAC presents more than 200 events annually, with more than 200,000 patrons, free concerts and events and educational programs.


Founded in 1976, the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) is a non-profit organization with the main purpose of sustaining historic theatres across North America for the benefit of their communities and future generations.

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